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Italian Chicken Casserole

Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta is your answer to “what’s for dinner” tonight! I prep this in the morning and pop it in the oven at dinnertime. ENJOY.

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Creamy pasta filled with chicken, sun dried tomatoes and spinach! Bake in a casserole topped with lots of cheese, YUM!

The dreaded question. “What’s for dinner.” Sometimes it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard.

I am either super prepared…or not. I either have a menu plan for a month…or nothing in the fridge. Hot or cold. It’s how it works around here.

You would think as a food blogger that my menu is completely filled and organized for the month…or at least the week.

Ideally, you would be right (for the week anyways..never the month). If I don’t have a menu planned, then dinners end up being scrambled eggs or grilled cheese. Which is fine every once in awhile…but to eat it every day kind stinks, haha.

Using my slow cooker has helped extremely. I have realized that I am the type of person that needs dinner prepped and ready by 10 am. Otherwise the chaos of the day…the crazy after school hour…and the “what’s for dinner” questions throw me off my game. By having my dinner prepped and ready, I can tackle my day. KNOWING that all I have to do is toss it in the oven. Especially today’s recipe.

A few years ago when my blog was just a baby, I made this Italian Chicken. Stunning photos right? Oh my. Anyways, I set out a few weeks ago to remake that dinner. And retake some photos for the blog. That was my intention. But after reading the original recipe, I decided that I wanted to make casserole instead…something a little easier. Something that I can prep in the morning and toss in oven for dinner. Something more like this Chicken Tetrazzini.

Well, friends, it obviously turned out delicious, because here it is just for you! This is also a great dish to bring to a family in need, a new mom, etc! ENJOY!

Creamy pasta filled with chicken, sun dried tomatoes and spinach! Bake in a casserole topped with lots of cheese, YUM!

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Yield: 6-8 servings

Italian Chicken Casserole

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Easy pasta dinner recipe: Italian Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cooked and cubed chicken breasts (or use a rotisserie)
  • 1 box (16oz) linguine noodles
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 5oz pkg fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Instructions

  1. Cook linguine according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and sun dried tomatoes. Cook for about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with cornstarch, mix thoroughly.
  3. Add chicken broth, heavy cream and milk, whisking quickly. Add salt and pepper. Heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add spinach and parmesan cheese. Remove from heat. Pour sauce over cooked noodles. Add cooked chicken and pour into a large casserole dish (13x9 size). Top with mozzarella cheese. You can bake immediately, or cover with foil and place in refrigerator until dinner.
  4. If baking immediately, bake covered with foil for 350 degree for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes until cheese is browned.
  5. If baking after the dish has been refrigerated, bake covered with foil in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes. ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 509Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 903mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 30g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Creamy pasta filled with chicken, sun dried tomatoes and spinach! Bake in a casserole topped with lots of cheese, YUM!

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Posted on March 10, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. I’ve made this dish many times over the past year and we love it.   I’ve made it as is and I’ve changed it up a bit at times also.  Like one of your followers I too have a problem with the heavy cream, but at least it a natural food with nothing added.   So now and then I  have use half and half and a little more chicken broth and the results are yummy.    I also wanted to incorporate more veggies so I added red, yellow and orange bell peppers (nothing wrong with a little more vitamin “C”)  while I was cooking the sun dried tomatoes, the results were perfect according to my household.  There is so much you can do with this dish, thank you!

  2. Amazing how something that “comes together” so quickly and easily tastes so delicious!   

    I baked a homemade apple pie yesterday so I decided to roast my own chicken for this recipe at the same time. When it cooled, I removed the skin and deboned it so it would be ready for this dish. That really made things go quickly!  This is probably going to be a once-a-month dinner for us!

    Thanks for sharing! 

  3. I made your Italian Chicken Casserole and it is by far the best recipe I have ever made. Love this one!!! Thanks

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